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This is camping? You kidding me?

By Chuck Woodbury
ROADSIDE JOURNAL
I was posting a short news story recently on RVtravel.com about how lots of campers were planning a camping trip in 2022. It was right around two-thirds of all campers would be out there in the wilds of America (or at a family-friendly RV park with playgrounds and bouncing pillows).

The article was based on a news release from KOA, about a study it had done recently.

As I often do, I looked for a photo that I could use to illustrate the article. I have many sources especially for use by the media, including ones provided by GoRVing, a promotional arm of the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association. I chose one that showed a family of four sitting together in a pop-up trailer. I didn’t pay much attention to the photo at first: It looked fine.

But then when I selected it to paste into the article, I looked closer. The entire family was holding a computer or tablet device. The photo is above.

And I thought: This is camping?? What exactly makes this scene any different than the four of them sitting on their sofa at home?

Everyone in the RV business likes to portray RVing as a way to get out in nature. Tell me, exactly, how this is about nature?

##RVT1046

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DENNIS J CHARPENTIER
4 months ago

Hardly family time, never mind camping. Modern “family” is a mere ghost of the traditional meaning.

Carson
5 months ago

Folks today are unclear on the concept of camping… Since when did “getting away from it all” come to mean “you can bring it all with you”?

Last edited 5 months ago by Carson
Mary DRozario
5 months ago

Ah yes, I remember pulling into a campground and a gentleman of certain age behind me in line expressing his opinions with gusto when I asked if I could test the data signal at the site first. I calmly explained (though it was none of his business) that I was full time and had a job and went on my way.

Later he and his wife pulled in across the street from me. He sat outside and promptly pulled out his e-book and didn’t move from that position all afternoon while I sat at my desk and earned my living.

I’ve had opinions expressed that as a disabled person it isn’t worth it for me to be in the campground since I cannot hike and when it is hot cannot leave my AC, as well as that opinion about my work. Opinions about what part of the country I spend most of the year in (near my doctors), I even had a gentleman march up to my site with an opinion about how I set up my sewer tube. Dude, I just wanted some time with my feces in peace.

It’s probably better if we mind our own business.

Jessica
5 months ago

That’s my family!! We were full-time RVers, so while we did spend a lot of time on our tablets and computers (working and learning), we also spent a fair amount of time hiking, building epic campfires, and other typical “camping” activities. 🙂

A photo is merely a moment in time, not the entirety of existence.

Bob Weinfurt
5 months ago

For me it’s no WiFi, no problem. Leaving most of that stuff behind as boondocking is my idea of camping. I turn on the TV for news and weather but not to stay inside unless it’s raining.

Tommy Molnar
5 months ago

I’m a day behind in reading this issue of RVtravel. Rough crowd in here today!

Ray Cordero
5 months ago

Here is their website since you posted their picture: — Exploring the Local Life

You’ll find many pictures of this family living as full-time RVers in many settings including “nature”.

Jessica
5 months ago
Reply to  Ray Cordero

Thanks for the support. 😀

Donald N Wright
5 months ago

i keep several books I have not read. I also put on a poncho and sandals so I can hike in the rain. Some folks park their RV, turn on the TV, and no one sees them till they leave. If folks are happy inside on their computers, good for them.

Marty Mapson
5 months ago

This is exactly what the wife and I do when we camp and it’s raining outside or we had a full day of activities. We need to catch up and post our adventures online. You have to take a break sometime.

XGS
5 months ago

I don’t think it would be difficult to pick which commenters wouldn’t think twice about cutting through your campsite.

Michael Galvin, PhD
5 months ago

They are not in nature. They are not “camping.” They have probably parked an RV next to another RV somewhere.

Shane
5 months ago

If you’re going to write an article bitching about other’s life choices, get your facts straight.
1) It’s not a pop up.
2) This family is known as “Exploring the Local Life”. They are a very popular full-time RV family who moves from city to city following his job.
3) They road school their kids and so they are probably doing school work.
4) Jessica is a freelance writer and a ghost writer for the RV industry.
5) This picture is a few years old now.
6) It’s none of your business what they do in the privacy of their home.

Jessica
5 months ago
Reply to  Shane

Hey!! Thanks for the support! 🙂

Suru
5 months ago

Maybe we should stop being so judgemental about how others camp. Young folks like their technology and the “times they are a’changing.” 😁

David Christiansen
5 months ago

The premise of the article is that someone else can pass judgement on what “camping” is and what it is not. After retiring and going on the road full time, I know that one doesn’t change their living habits over night. We realize that if we lived our working life indoors when not at work, why would we suddenly change our life style to someone else’s vision of living in a camper? It isn’t reasonable and rather insulting that someone would consider my life style as “wrong” and wish to write about it.

Irvin Kanode
5 months ago

re:someone else can pass judgement on what “camping” is and what it is not

Agreed, and many RVers don’t consider themselves campers.

Jed
5 months ago

Lol, so you are passing judgment on the article author because he is passing judgment?

I think you missed the point. The author is judging but he isn’t judging the family. He is judging the RVIA and their marketing about getting out into nature and camping while using images that have no real bearing on what they are promoting. If you are going to push the narrative that RVing is a way to escape into nature don’t do it with images of a family all on their own devices, isolated from nature by four walls.

Pete
5 months ago
Reply to  Jed

Above is the best comment I’ve seen so far. Live how ever you please, but please don’t call it “nature”!

Mary DRozario
5 months ago
Reply to  Pete

As a disabled person without temperature regulation, this is how I experience nature. I’m not less than for having an accessible nature experience.

DW/ND
5 months ago

Maybe its been pouring rain and the sun just came out! Can’t be any worse than watching a modern Tv movie or program! When they should be enjoying fresh air – that’s when it is sad to see kids with their faces glued to a screen!

(And a note to “Gray”: I wonder if I was the one in the waiting room?… Hmmm).

TIM MCRAE
5 months ago

So many people just want to pick other peoples lives apart!

Live your life your way and leave everyone else ALONE!

That picture is not even real. It is some fake family doing some kind of marketing.

The experts apparently agree. This picture depicts ‘real’ people. All you complainers are out of line!

Vick Barker
5 months ago

Avoid the angst of questioning the purpose of RV’ing and camping by relieving yourself of the concern for what camping should be for others. Make camping yours and leave the purpose of camping to others. For some it is still enjoying nature and getting outdoors but for plenty of others it’s something else – and who is in a position to argue its purpose for me or anyone? It’s not productive thought.

Bob Palin
5 months ago
Reply to  Vick Barker

Well said.

Bugsy
5 months ago

WOW! So sad. We were just watching an episode of Going RVing and as in most of the episodes the people are asking for sleeping areas as far apart as possible and doors, not curtains for privacy. We commented that this is the new “camping ” problem. You are supposed to be having fun family togetherness time. Laying in bed chatting, giggling and enjoying each other. People these days camping are looking for privacy, their own space, etc. Not my words, theirs. That is what their bedroom at home is for.

Scott Ellis
5 months ago

It’s not. But there seems to be no greater concern in buying an RV than how many/how big are its TVs, and no greater concern in parking it than whether or not there’s WiFi. Welcome to modern “camping.”

Mark
5 months ago

Maybe they are researching where their next hike, bike ridge or local attraction is. Stop being so judgemental. Camping or RVing is what they make of it. I’m sure our parents who camped in tents would shake their heads at these houses on wheels staying at campsites that cost the same as or more than a hotel room. Try to find something good in the world and others not “Why aren’t they just like me??”

Rosalie Magistro
5 months ago
Reply to  Mark

I see this quite often, except they are sitting in camp chairs or picnic tables. So sad..
Kids need to get off their phones and run and play.

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